Last night, NFL star Michael Bennett posted a profound and articulate letter on Twitter detailing his recent experience with police brutality. His letter was both frightening and infuriating as it goes to show how far we still are from achieving equality in our country.
“Las Vegas police officers singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time.” ~ Michael Bennett, Seattle Seahawks via Twitter
What happened to Michael Bennett is happening to people of color every day in America — unfair targeting by police due to the color of their skin. This is truly the definition of racial profiling and has been fueling the epidemic of police violence in this country. Organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement have put together a petition demanding justice for Michael Bennett. They are asking for full transparency and accountability from the Las Vegas Police Department regarding the officers involved in the incident. The petition is supported by organizations like Color Of Change, which “helps you do something real about injustice.”
— Michael Bennett (@mosesbread72) September 6, 2017
Michael Bennett has also been a leader in the national anthem protests started by Colin Kaepernick. This peaceful form of protest for equality helps push the conversation forward so that one day, there will truly be justice for all.